- August 3
John McNamara and Alan Kotok worked on a paper that describes
TMRC's historic "System 2" (the relay control system that
currently provides power and signals to the new layout, and
which for over 30 years provided all operations in building 20!).
Meanwhile Alvar investigated how to separate the monitor (LCD
display) from the CPU section of the newly acquired 486 laptop
which will be the main control panel for P-Yard.
- August 10
Ben gave us a 'last' visit since in 3 weeks he will start at
RPI. But we are sure he'll help us again when we start to
do net-casts :-)
Meanwhile Andy Miller began the back of the concrete building
he started a week ago... the back is actually the most visible
side! John McNamara installed the first section of Roundhouse
wall! Now that all the parts are painted, he will continue to
put them together.
Alvar brought in the materials to separate the LCD from the
laptop CPU... and actually did it! And better yet, it works!
Now its time to give it a nice home in the P-Yard area.
- August 14
Bill worked on the roof of the vegetable oil facility. Andy finished
the back of the commercial building in the front side of Gifford
City (he built the front two weeks ago). Meanwhile on the other
end of Gifford City John Shriver continued to work on the ladder to the
carbarn, a quite involved project. He is doing good progress, considering
the complexity of the switches in there. John Purbrick continued to work
on the scenery around the produce terminal and the newspaper.
Alan Kotok fixed Block #10, which was misbehaving (apparently the reversing
relay was not turning on when given power, therefore it always powered the
block in the same direction!). Justin used this to his advantage in doing
some operation and testing equipment. Later on Justin and Alvar began to
discuss what is going to happen in the west side of Gifford City:
Alvar reminded everybody that the Activities Midway is August 31st, and
proposed to build a new 'switching problem' based on the old one. The new
one should be made with better track, tortoise switch machines, and have a
nice, strong, and straight base. The project was received
positively, so next week it will start, to have it ready by the midway.
Alvar then continued to work on the Green Building. Today he finished all
the horizontal front sections of the windows, which were much more involved
than the sides. He was able to finish all 4 different types: '54-100',
'Library', 'standard', and 'Machine Room'; all of these are different.
James and Alvar discussed how to implement the P-yard GUI since the control
computer for P-yard is now ready to begin software programming. JP and
Alvar agreed to get some of the "PIC" micro-controllers in order to start
prototyping the Block Cards for System 3, which will be more advanced than
the original design proposed by JP.
- August 17
John McNamara put together another wall of the roundhouse and
weathered other sections. JP continued to lay down 'pavement'
around the produce terminal and newspaper, which now looks
really neat! Alvar and James took many new pictures of the layout
(which will be up soon), and some for "Technology Review" which
will have a section on TMRC on the Nov/Dec issue. Alvar also
worked on 'digitizing' the images for the TMRC t-shirt.
- August 21
Bill continued to work on the vegetable oil facility, adding
more brick sections. Alvar began the construction of a new
'switching problem' to replace the old flaky one. The
new design is nice and square, and will have
Micro-Engineering code 83 track, plus hopefully great scenery.
At this time the structure and lattice stock is ready, waiting
for the track, ballast, and maybe a building. Meanwhile Jeff
began to prepare the great 'Crossing Signal' for the Activities
Midway, which will take place Tuesday August 31st.
- August 24
Our computer keyboard died :-( Therefore we missed
a real entry for this day. In general, everything
was around preparing for the Activities Midway one week
from this Tuesday. Alvar worked on laying down track for
the new switching layout. Andy worked on painting another
50th anniversary car.
- August 28
Today was big Midway preparation day: Alvar worked a lot
on the switching problem layout (which was actually finished
until Monday night, but with more than 12 hours before the
midway :-) Andy made three really nice posters for the
midway to advertise the club and some of our coming activities.
Bill continued his work on his building, and also helped Alvar
with the switching layout.
- August 31
Today was the Midway, which was lots of fun, and we hope
to see many freshmen around soon :-)